One of the most unique things about farm markets around Martinsburg, West Virginia, is that each offers a different experience. Whether you want to see farm animals, pick-your-own fruit, dine in an on-site restaurant enjoying seasonal specialties, stock up on farm-raised beef or fresh milk, or need anything from flowers to lawn furniture, there’s something for everybody.
Kitchen’s Orchard and Farm Market, located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, was established in 1956. The farm market was added in 2010 and features farm-grown products ranging from peaches to apples to apricots, plums, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, cage-free eggs and more.
Perhaps even more important than the food, however, is the fact that nobody’s a stranger at this family-run business.
“We pride ourselves on knowing our customers. I’ve been working here for 16 years, and I’ve watched customers have kids that are now graduating high school,” said Market Manager Stephanie Boarman.
In addition to offering fresh produce and milk, the farm also raises its own high-quality Angus Hereford beef cattle.
Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg is a third-generation farm started in 1954. Since they added a market in the 1990s, the business has taken off.
“Our retail business has really grown,” said Katy Orr-Dove, general manager, adding that the market stocks more than 6,500 products. “We’re also now venturing into agritourism and offer pick-your-own fruits, including blackberries and grapes. We also offer pick-your-own flowers and a pumpkin patch in the fall.”
Because of COVID, visitors need to book reservations online for pick-your-own adventures, as well as to visit the barnyard area, where animal meet-and-greets include seeing baby goats, bunnies, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, peacocks, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, ducks and more.
“Kids who don’t live on a farm really enjoy this up-close experience,” said Orr-Dove. “It’s been a big hit.”
People who want fruit and vegetables for canning are also in luck as Orr’s offers a bulk discount.
Taylor’s Farm Market, located in Inwood, provides patrons with a place to enjoy a meal while shopping. Located in the back of the farm market, Cider Press Deli & Grill has been named one of the best places to dine in West Virginia.
“Our restaurant really sets us apart,” said Ryan Taylor, who owns the farm with his father, Bob, and runs it with the help of his wife, Jody. “Chef Michael O’Brien sources locally grown, fresh produce as much as possible; he incorporates things that we grow on the farm into the menu based on the season.” Taylor’s tries to carry as many local products as possible, including jams and jellies, soap, coffee and more. The market also carries a huge selection of local wines in addition to craft beer.
To “go where it grows,” visit Butler’s Farm Market for high quality, wholesome fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, herbs, flowers, lawn furniture, mulch and more. The market is located at 1793 Dry Run Road in Martinsburg.